For us, the starting point of our work is the function of the object to be designed. We make it our task to question the previous construction, the material used so far and the current design of each product. Our goal is to find solutions that make an object more efficient, more sustainable, more versatile and more durable.
We believe, the ideal form results from functional optimization. We consistently avoid decoration. The shape of a particular object has to result from its construction and its handling. We are convinced that the function and handling of each product should be as intuitive as possible for the user. We do not attach importance to supposedly noble materials, but search for the material, which offers the most advantages for the respective task in the sum. We don’t want to narrow our view to traditional conventions.
We are passionate about permanent progress and believe that it is the designer’s task to apply what is technically feasible and to think ahead to what is technically desirable. We believe that the designer must be in constant and intensive contact with the society around him. Our work’s aim is to respond to changing needs and provide answers to the challenges of continuous change.
“Their works stand out because they are thoughtful and unusual.”
Peter-Philipp Schmitt about Relvãokellermann at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
“No matter whether they design wardrobes, shelves, stools, kitchens, glasses or rooms, they always try to work out the essence of an object in the process of design”
Thomas Wagner about Relvãokellermann at Stylepark Magazine
“Ana Relvão and Gerhardt Kellermann form one of the most exciting design duos in Europe as Relvãokellermann”
Oliver Herwig at FAZ Quarterly
Founded in Munich in 2014, Relvãokellermann works in the field of industrial design, spatial design, art direction and consultancy. Together with Bulthaup Design and Engineering, the studio developed the Bulthaup Solitaires which were introduced at the Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2014. On behalf of furniture manufacturer COR, Relvãokellermann designed the separation and storage element “Chart” for the experimental sublabel “COR Lab”. In colaboration with the apliances manufacturer Samsung, Relvãokellermann designed the Infinite Line Oven, an entire range of build-in ovens as their main line in Europe. Since 2018 Ana Relvão and Gerhardt Kellermann are Art Directors of the office furniture manufacturer gumpo, for whom they developed the “Normcore” collection. Other clients include Auerberg, Gaggenau, Griffwerk, Holzrausch, Huawei, L&Z Elements, Samsung, Schönbuch and Stylepark.
Relvãokellermann have received multiple iF Awards, the German Design Award, the IDEA Award in Bronze, twice the Stylepark Selected Awards, the Core77 Design Award and the Kitchen Innovation Award.
Ana Relvão (born 1986 in Coimbra, Portugal) studied industrial design at Faculty of fine Arts, University of Lisbon. After staying at Miguel Vieira Baptista, Stefan Diez and Designaffairs, she was partner at Industrial Design Associates. In 2014, she founded the studio Relvãokellermann together with Gerhardt Kellermann.
Ana Relvão won the INOV-ART scholarship of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture. In 2016 and 2020 she was nominated for the Design Award of the City of Munich.
In 2018 Ana Relvão held a guest professorship at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart. She has also taught as a guest lecturer at the universities of Leiria, Bolzano and Lisbon. Since 2019 she’s juror for the iF Design Award.
Gerhardt Kellermann (born 1983 in Vișeu de Sus, Romania) studied industrial design at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart. From 2008 to 2011 he worked as an assistant to Nitzan Cohen and was subsequently a partner at Industrial Design Associates. In 2014 he founded the studio Relvãokellermann together with Ana Relvão.
Gerhardt Kellermann received a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and was nominated for the Design Award of the City of Munich in 2014, 2018 and 2020.
In 2018 he taught as a guest professor at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart. Further guest lectureships led him to the art academies in Saarbrücken and Braunschweig.
SOME OF OUR CLIENTS OVER THE YEARS
INFINITE LINE™ OVEN FOR SAMSUNG, KITCHEN INNOVATION AWARD, BEST PRODUCT IN COMPETITION, 2021
INFINITE LINE™ OVEN FOR SAMSUNG, KITCHEN INNOVATION AWARD, GOLD AWARD – BEST OF THE BEST IN THE CATEGORY LARGE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, 2021
INFINITE LINE™ OVEN FOR SAMSUNG, KITCHEN INNOVATION AWARD, 2021
INFINITE LINE™ OVEN FOR SAMSUNG, BRONZE IDEA AWARD, 2020
INFINITE LINE™ OVEN FOR SAMSUNG, IF AWARD, 2020
NORMCORE COLLECTION FOR GUMPO, IF AWARD, 2020
ANA RELVÃO AND GERHARDT KELLERMANN NOMINATED FOR THE SPONSORSHIP AWARD OF THE CITY OF MUNICH, 2020
NORMCORE COLLECTION FOR GUMPO, GERMAN DESIGN AWARD, 2020
TEMP FOR GUMPO, LONGLIST DEZEEN AWARD, 2019
SAIA FOR GUMPO, LONGLIST DEZEEN AWARD, 2019
BOOKMARK PEN, CORE 77 DESIGN AWARDS, WINNER PERSONAL ACCESSORY, 2019
GERHARDT KELLERMANN NOMINATED FOR THE SPONSORSHIP AWARD OF THE CITY OF MUNICH, 2018
ANA RELVÃO NOMINATED FOR THE SPONSORSHIP AWARD OF THE CITY OF MUNICH, 2016
WALLPAPER DESIGN AWARDS NOMINATION, 2015
GERHARDT KELLERMANN NOMINATED FOR THE SPONSORSHIP AWARD OF THE CITY OF MUNICH, 2014
BFS, IF AWARD, 2014
CURRENT INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ASSISTANTS